Chairman keen to see Ilkeston FC takeover completed in ‘next few days’

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Ilkeston FC chairman Nigel Harrop says he is hopeful a deal will be struck to buy the club in the coming days.

The Robins are due to answer a winding up petition at the high court on Monday, June 5 - three days later than originally scheduled - unless a takeover and subsequent settling of debts can take place beforehand.

But Harrop has moved to allay fans’ fears that the club’s future could be in doubt.

In an official club statement, he said: “The club would like confirm there are advanced talks taking place regarding a takeover. These have now been on going for several months with many different interested parties, several based in the UK, but others from the USA.

“All have been given details and full disclosure of the club affairs, and along with this all parties need to be vetted and meet the FA guidelines for fit and proper ownership.

“Things need to be concluded in the next few days.”

Harrop says the sense of urgency caused by the winding up petition has meant he is now keen to see a deal done as soon as possible.

He said: “The last few months have been incredibly difficult for all concerned at the club.

“All the seriously interested parties to contact us have their own view on what is required to take the club forward on a sustainable basis.

“They have all been made aware of the current financial situation. But regardless of current local speculation this is not what is delaying the deal, in fact several current creditors are not putting any pressure on the club. However, everyone is aware from the press last week that one or two are doing so seriously and because of this we need to conclude a deal in the next few days.

“The running costs of the New Manor Ground are a factor, putting aside any player or staff wages, and however you fund the club or what model you put in place these costs remain the same.

“New owners want to invest in the club and its future but this has to be sustainable.

“Some fans feel the club needs to be run on a typical part-time basis, but those high operating costs would remain the same. Our one saving grace over the last few years has been our academy and its financial backing towards the clubs running costs.

“All interested parties seem very keen to have this remain intact.”

Harrop reiterated his desire to ensure a deal is done that will be good for the club’s future and that will give it every chance of recovering quickly from relegation this season.

He added: “This is a great football club with a recent history of producing young players in a football town with great and passionate support who travel in numbers to follow their team.

“It needs to be noted, nobody is looking to gain financially from this takeover. We all want the same - a sustainable Ilkeston FC. The infrastructure at the club is in place.”

For more information or to assist in any way regarding Ilkeston Football Club, contact n.harrop@ilkestonfc.com or call 07810 791750.